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“Food without frills”
Review of Alcaravan

Alcaravan
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Ballarat
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Food without frills”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Don't expect haute cuisine, here you are in a tapas bar with a limited drinks list and a food menu to cater for all. We had Cuttlefish, battered and fried in a light manner, it was really delicious. Next was marinated dogfish. Reminded me of the marinade we used to have at Muir's in Hobart. Light spicy and the fish was so moist there was no evidence of overcooking. Finally skewer's of chicken and lamb, both spiced nicely and served on some 'average' potato chips. The meat was tender and tasty. The wine list--- well there isn't one, but the red was cheap and cheerful and we were well fed and watered for just over 20 euro.
Highlight. if you sit outside, you can watch the cars negotiate the narrow bends to go from this secondary artery to the main 'drag'. Can they swing left in one turn. About 1 in 8 seems to be able to do it.

  • Visited October 2013
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Somerset
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“OK but where was the grill?”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

We went here because of the good reviews of the grill/bbq and the personal service. However, there was no sign of either. We were presented with standard menus. The food was OK but nothing special and the service was fairly mediocre and certainly no sign of the couple running it. It was quite difficult to get attention to get a drink and it was not that busy. The waiters wore polo shirts with the logo of Bar Caracel as well as Alcaravan. In a word - disappointing. We expected much more from looking at the reviews.

  • Visited August 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
204 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Great home barbecued food”
Reviewed 1 June 2013

Simple fare cooked by the owner and his wife scrambled eggs with asparagus and barbecued lamb chops and pork and local wine lees than 40 euros superb

  • Visited May 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Best meal in Arcos in an intimate cave”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

This is a charming bar-restaurant placed on a cave and run by a lovely couple. The menu includes grilled meat (lamb, porc, etc), cheese, ham, etc...as well as some few home-made dishes as 'pisto de verduras', 'pimientos rellenos', etc... and also some deserts, everything was delicious.

Even better than the food was the service provided by Paco and Maria, they are very friendly and despite not speaking english we enjoyed seeing him discussing and joking with a couple of american tourists.

Visited May 2013
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Thank XMLAPA
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great venue”
Reviewed 6 May 2013

This is the third year I've visited al caravan. Great hospitality and food. Theres a little Barbecue outside the front door by the better half of the owning couple, serving Fillet steaks, pork kebabs, lamb chops...all outstanding and silly vfm. You've also got to try the owners cured cheeses and salamis. Great place.

Visited May 2013
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